Family 411: Social media impact on children

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The digital playground can be a scary place for kids.

Tara Morgan walks us through how parents can navigate a child's questions or feelings of anxiety in Family 411.

Thirteen-year-old Natalie Heater and her 7-year-old brother, Gavin, each navigates their virtual playgrounds.

Traumatic videos, like the Ariana Grande concert bombing, hit home for Natalie.

Psychiatrist Megan Schabbing says viewing extended footage of tragedies can bring on stress at any age.

Dr. Schabbing recommends starting a conversation about it right away.

Amanda heater says she keeps the discussion with Natalie and Gavin short and simple, to keep anxiety from building especially with her youngest

Warning signs of stress can include social withdrawal and disruption in sleep.

Dr. Schabbing says early therapy, helps alleviate mental health issues down the road.

While the Heaters have an open door policy, passwords and access are under close watch.

Protections both at home and outside their comfort zone.

Dr. Schabbing says its important parents are always aware of what children are viewing on technology, and that therapeutic intervention can begin with your pediatrician.

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